13 – 16 October 2016

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15 October Macedonian National Theatre, 22:00

THE THING ( Sweden/Norway )

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MATS GUSTAFSSON tenor & baritone saxophone



The Scandinavian power trio, one of the modern wonders of avant-garde jazz features saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Since 1999, The Thing established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups, playing a variety of compositions, including material by PJ Harvey, Albert Ayler, The White Stripes, Steve Lacy, The Stooges, The Sonics, The Cramps, Lightning Bolt and The Ex. They transformed the music of these artists into a contemporary context, making it their own. The trio was a long wanted constellation where several musical styles meet in a very high energetic outlet. One of the most appealing facets of The Thing is the visceral experience of seeing them play live. After more than 600 concerts around the globe, five studio albums including their collaborative release with Neneh Cherry and a variety of live releases over the years, in 2013 The Thing presented their sixth studio album, “Boot!” as the first release on their new label, “The Thing Records”. In 2014 followed “The Thing with Thurston Moore live”, and in 2015 “Shake”. After four years The Thing return to Skopje Jazz Festival, ready to take the music to new, uncompromising levels while continuing to solidify their important position in the contemporary independent music world.